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American Idol Lee DeWyze

Congratulations to Mt. Prospect Paint's very own Lee DeWyze for being your next American Idol!

Twenty-four year old Leon "Lee" DeWyze is an American singer-songwriter from Mount Prospect, Illinois, who is the winner of the ninth season of American Idol and an employee of Mt. Prospect Paint. He worked as a sales associate here for six years, and during that time was one of the best color and stain matchers in the business.

Customers would regularly comment on Lee's attentive customer service and his personable and likable demeanor, which can easily be seen on American Idol. Hard-working and reliable, Lee started out with part-time shifts after school and eventually moved to full-time after high school. He grew up just a few houses away from the store, and as a kid from the neighborhood, Lee is truly a homegrown talent.

FUN FACT: Lee's favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore's Tangelo (2017-30).

Lee DeWyze Worked At Paint Store Right Up Until 'American Idol'

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Mt. Prospect Paint owner Bill Lagattolla was selling considerably more Lee DeWyze T-shirts than primer or brushes. And that was just fine with him.

"He was our top sales guy," Lagattolla said proudly, referring to the "American Idol" finalist's skill at selling paint, though he might as well have been talking about T-shirt sales, since the store had already sold thousands of the neon-green "Be-Lee-ieve" keepsakes over the past few weeks. "[Very] personable ... he was really good." Read more 

Between paint sales, Mt. Prospect store is Lee DeWyze central

Longtime customer Pete Church, a painting contractor from Franklin Park, said he'd come into the store for paint, and stay to listen to DeWyze's latest song. Read more

Below are some pictures of Mt. Prospect Paint's Homecoming Celebration for Lee. Click here to read more about Lee DeWyze's inspiring journey, and click here to see images of his American Idol title night.